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Venti: a new approach to archival storage
This paper describes a network storage system, called
Venti, intended for archival data. In this system, a
unique hash of a block’s contents acts as the block
identifier for read and write operations. This approach
enforces a write-once policy, preventing accidental or
malicious destruction of data. In addition, duplicate
copies of a block can be coalesced, reducing the
consumption of storage and simplifying the
implementation of clients. Venti is a building block for
constructing a variety of storage applications such as
logical backup, physical backup, and snapshot file
We have built a prototype of the system and present
some preliminary performance results. The system uses
magnetic disks as the storage technology, resulting in
an access time for archival data that is comparable to
non-archival data. The feasibility of the write-once
model for storage is demonstrated using data from over
a decade’s use of two Plan 9 file systems.
2 days ago by mikecb
The 64-bit Standalone Plan 9 File Server
This paper is a revision of Thompsons The Plan 9 File Server, and
describes the structure and the operation of the new 64-bit Plan 9 file
servers. Some specifics apply to the 32-bit Plan 9 file server Emelie,
which code is also the basis for the user-level file server kfs.
In 2004, Collyer created a 64-bit version of Thompsons 32-bit file
server, updating all file offsets, sizes and block numbers to 64 bits. In
addition, triple- and quadruple-indirect blocks were implemented. File
name components were extended from 27 to 55 bytes. This code is also
the basis for the user-level file server cwfs(4).
2 days ago by mikecb
Security in Plan 9
The security architecture of the Plan 9" operating system has
recently been redesigned to address some technical shortcomings. This
redesign provided an opportunity also to make the system more convenient to use securely. Plan 9 has thus improved in two ways not usually
seen together: it has become more secure and easier to use.
The central component of the new architecture is a per-user selfcontained agent called factotum. Factotum securely holds a copy of
the users keys and negotiates authentication protocols, on behalf of the
user, with secure services around the network. Concentrating security
code in a single program offers several advantages including: ease of
update or repair to broken security software and protocols; the ability to
run secure services at a lower privilege level; uniform management of
keys for all services; and an opportunity to provide single sign on, even
to unchanged legacy applications. Factotum has an unusual architecture: it is implemented as a Plan 9 file server.
os  security  sandbox 
2 days ago by mikecb
The Organization of Networks in Plan 9
In a distributed system networks are of paramount importance. This
paper describes the implementation, design philosophy, and organization
of network support in Plan 9. Topics include network requirements for
distributed systems, our kernel implementation, network naming, user
interfaces, and performance. We also observe that much of this organization is relevant to current systems.
os  networking 
2 days ago by mikecb
The Use of Name Spaces in Plan 9
Plan 9 is a distributed system built at the Computing Sciences
Research Center of AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies, Bell
Labs) over the last few years. Its goal is to provide a production-quality
system for software development and general computation using heterogeneous hardware and minimal software. A Plan 9 system comprises CPU
and file servers in a central location connected together by fast networks.
Slower networks fan out to workstation-class machines that serve as user
terminals. Plan 9 argues that given a few carefully implemented abstractions it is possible to produce a small operating system that provides
support for the largest systems on a variety of architectures and networks. The foundations of the system are built on two ideas: a perprocess name space and a simple message-oriented file system protocol.
os  sandbox 
2 days ago by mikecb
UNIX Syscalls
Nice write-up abput syscalls on Linux, Darwin, FreeBSD and POSIX.
unix  linux  syscall  os  programming  reference 
5 days ago by sometimesfood

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